March 25, 2020

Andrea Oliva and Francesca Leonardi

Andrea Oliva, Principal flute of the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome, will be accompanied by the young Francesca Leonardi in a program featuring music by Donizetti, Schumann and Prokofiev.

Andrea Oliva (flute)
Andrea Oliva is Principal Flute of the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and recently became Professor of Flute at the University School of Music of the Italian-speaking Switzerland Conservatoire in Lugano. Born in Modena, where he also graduated with honors in flute, he was prize winner at the ‘Kobe International Flute competition” in 2005. He has been a member of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and attended the Herbert von Karajan Academy in Berlin. At the young age of 23, he was invited as Guest Principal Flutist at the Berliner Philharmoniker collaborating with prestigious conductors such as C. Abbado, L. Maazel, V. Gerghiev, S. Oramo, M. Jansons and B. Haitink. Claudio Abbado chose him as Principal Flute of the Orchestra Mozart. Mr. Oliva played as Principal Flutist with the Bayerische Rundfunk in Munich, the Bamberger Symphoniker, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. As a soloist, he has performed in the USA, in Japan and with Santa Cecilia Orchestra, conducted by C. Hogwood, M. W. Chung, A. Pappano and M. Honeck. In 2012 he made his debut at the Wigmore Hall in London with Angela Hewitt. He formed the “Quintetto di fiati Italiano” and “I Cameristi di Santa Cecilia”. Mr. Oliva is also a renowned teacher; he teaches at the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome and at the Accademia in Imola. He plays a 14k gold SR Muramatsu Flute designed specially for him.

Francesca Leonardi (piano)
Pianist Francesca Leonardi is the first Italian female pianist to record for the prestigious label “Deutsche Grammophon”; she completed a recording of the Violin Sonatas by Beethoven with violinist Francesca Dego. Ms. Leonardi made her debut at 16, with the Rosetum Orchestra. Since then she has been invited to join many Italian and international orchestras as a soloist, appearing in prestigious venues and festivals around the world such as Santa Cecilia Hall in Rome, Sala Verdi and Teatro dal Verme in Milan, Royal Albert Hall in London, Les Flâneries Musicales Festival in Reims, Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Politeama in Palermo, Ravinia Festival in Chicago, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires and Teatro Manzoni in Bologna. Francesca regularly performs chamber music with famous instrumentalists and singers. She has performed in many live broadcasts on RAI Radio and TV, Tv2000, Radio Classica, the Italian Swiss Radio, the Vatican Radio and selections from her CDs have been included in the soundtrack of the 2008 film The Beautiful Truth by the prize-winning director Steven Kroschel. Born in Milan, Francesca began studying the piano at the age of three, eventually graduating cum laude from the Milan Conservatoire. She furthered her studies at the Musical Academy in Pescara, at the Chigiana Academy in Siena and at the Royal College of Music in London.

 

About This Event:

Date:   March 25, 2020

Time:   6:00 p.m.

Price:   Free

Location:   The Monteverdi Lounge